3. Transparent deployment, regardless of paradigm or platform: In a low-code project, developers spend their days defining models and focusing on UX and UI, rather than worrying about how the application will be deployed across various architectures. Deployment of a low-code app is completely transparent. No matter the paradigm or platform (cloud, server, Web, mobile, anything), all data pulls from only a few locations in the model, with very little extra coding and configuration necessary. Developers can thus focus on making the app great within the context of the business requirements and not worry about the deployment environment, as many of the low-level tasks involved in deploying an object-oriented application are eliminated.
4. Uniquely suited to long-term use: The speed and ease with which a low-code application can be modified doesn’t end at deployment. Since such apps remain remarkably simple to maintain (with model-level tweaks affecting many individual elements), they’re uniquely suited to long-term use. Adding support for a new technology or platform is simple, and shifting business requirements can be accounted for extremely efficiently.
5. A single, clean codebase with less room for error: In traditional waterfall application development, it’s common to see a gradual decline in quality and usability. The first iteration looks great, but there are tweaks and changes to the user requirements. Another iteration is completed, and the same thing happens. As deadlines loom, the app starts to become barnacled. Late additions are implemented hastily, and varying levels of quality are immediately apparent. This is compounded by the fact that many late changes deal with critical pieces of the application, creating a counterintuitive situation where the most important functions are given the least thought.
In low-code development, by contrast, developers work off a single, clean codebase. Modifications are made once, and propagate throughout the application. And because the overall development process is streamlined, business users can provide feedback earlier in the process, multiplying the benefit. Changes to requirements and specifications can be addressed methodically and thoughtfully, rather than in a pre- or post-launch rush.
By eliminating much of the need for manual low-level coding and increasing the time developers spend on high-value tasks, low-code development allows teams to rapidly produce applications that closely align with business goals. Deployment, no matter the platform, is simple and consistent, and applications retain a high level of quality well into the future. It’s not the answer to every programming challenge—there will always be a place for Java, .NET and other object-oriented frameworks—but low-code is increasingly finding its place within modern development teams.